About 69 percent of the Putnam County Republicans who voted in Tuesday's Presidential Primary chose Mitt Romney, according to unofficial results.
Those results, located on the Board of Elections (BoE) website, show that 1,507 votes were received in total. Ron Paul nabbed about 12 and a half percent. Approximately 11 percent of voters backed Newt Gingrinch, and almost 7 percent went with Rick Santorum.
Given Romney's lead entering the primary—and the fact that President Barack Obama is running unopposed for the Democrats—. In 2008, more than 11,000 Putnam people voted in the Presidential Primary—4,500 on the Republican side and 6,715 on the Democratic, according to BoE numbers.
Local elected leaders who voted Tuesday spoke to Patch about the number of folks who made it to the polls.
Village of Brewster Trustee Teresa Stockburger said the primary didn't seem necessary given the support for Romney.
"Why do we need to vote when we know Mitt has the ticket?" she said. Southeast councilman Bob Cullen shared similar thoughts.
"...With New York being one of the last primary states, the primary outcome was decided weeks ago," he told Patch. "Going forward, I agree with [Southeast Supervisor] Tony Hay, who was quoted in The Journal News as supporting a one-day national primary. That would make New York State relevant in the primary process again."
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